The iconic speedway just got a major upgrade with a brand new scoring pylon.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway introduced today its third-generation scoring pylon on the main straightaway of the icon 2.5-mile oval, just south of the entrance to Gasoline Alley. The new plyon, made by Panasonic, feature full LED panels on all four sides providing improved messaging capabilities to fans that will include animation and video.
Below is a comparison to the new pylon with the previous two pylons used at IMS:
Erected - 1959
Height - 78 feet
Display - Manually operated
Innovations - Lap counter, average speed indicator, positions for 33 cars
Erected - 1994
Height - 90 feet, four inches
Display - 6,496 30-watt bulbs
Innovations - Multi-face four-panel display with rotating images, modern electronics
Erected - 2014
Height - 92 feet, two inches
Display - 5,280 LED panels
Innovations - Full LED panels, improves messaging capabilities, animation and video
The new pylon was introduced by J. Douglass Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Boles also stated that IMS will start on new video boards around the speedway in 2015. The old pylon had over 6000 lights and plans are currently being made for use of the old steel and wiring in the pylon. A special presentation of one of the numbers is scheduled for this weekend’s Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. The cost of the new pylon was over one million dollars.